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    Islam: A Short History (Universal History) (Paperback) By (author) Karen Armstrong

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    DescriptionIn the public mind, Islam is a religion of extremes: it is the world's fastest growing faith; more than three-quarters of the world's refugees are Islamic; it has produced government by authoritarian monarchies in Saudi Arabia and ultra-republicans in Iran. Whether we are reading about civil war in Algeria or Afghanistan, the struggle for the soul of Turkey, or political turmoil in Pakistan or Malaysia, the Islamic context permeates all these situations. Karen Armstrong's elegant and concise book traces how Islam grew from the other religions of the book, Judaism and Christianity; introduces us to the character of Muhammed; and demonstrates that for much of its history, the religion has been a force for enlightenment that promoted liberties for women and allowed the arts and sciences to flourish. Islam shows how this progressive legacy is today often set aside as the faith struggles to come to terms with the economic and political weakness of most of its believers and with the forces of modernity itself.


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    Title
    Islam
    Subtitle
    A Short History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karen Armstrong
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781842125830
    ISBN 10: 1842125834
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: REL
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC subject category V2: HRH
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    DC21: 297
    BISAC V2.8: REL037010
    Thema V1.0: QRAX, QRP
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
    Publication date
    03 December 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Karen Armstrong spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, an experience she recollected in her two volumes of best-selling autobiography, THROUGH THE NARROW GATE and BEGINNING THE WORLD. She is the author of the world-wide best-seller, A HISTORY OF GOD (which has now appeared in more than thirty languages), the acclaimed HISTORY OF JERUSALEM and, most recently, THE BATTLE FOR GOD. She is a teacher at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and, in 1999, she received the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award.